Re-Constructing Home-Part 24: Bethany Hearts Kitchen Cabinets

Bethany’s thoughts on the ins and outs of kitchen cabinets (it’s more complicated–and more exciting–than you think):

Ah, the long awaited meeting with the cabinet guy. It’s exciting, but it involves more questions than you could possibly conjure up: how large do you want the walkway to be? Where do you want the drawers? How deep do you want your cabinets? And on, and on…

We recently had the first walk-through with our cabinet guy. Falling in line with all of our other walk-throughs, the first time was just plain hard. He asked all kinds of questions we’d either never considered or had taken for granted because someone else had already made those decisions for us.

Fortunately, once we gave the cabinet guy enough information, he was able to put the design into a CAD drawing. The CAD allowed us to envision how the kitchen would flow and to shift things around (like moving drawers from here to there or replacing cabinets with drawers).

Our kitchen will have a row of cabinets on each wall with a large island in the middle. It was important to us to be able to eat at the island, not only during casual meals but also when we are entertaining. People always seem to congregate in the kitchen, so we wanted to make sure we had a configuration that was conducive to socializing.

We also needed to accommodate a personal quirk: I hate clutter on the countertops. So, we created a long cabinet, which will have an appliance cubby for me to hide the toaster and other small appliances.

Here’s a peek at the first draft CAD of our kitchen.

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I may make some tweaks, but, overall, it is exactly what I want. And I really can’t wait for this drawing to become a reality. Because when cabinets are done… our move in date is only a couple weeks away!


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